New Raven Brown in line to succeed Ray Lewis

New Raven Brown in line to succeed Ray Lewis
April 26, 2013, 10:00 pm

Drafting Brown is 'great value' in 2nd round

Someone is going to have the unenviable task of filling Ray Lewis’ shoes in the middle of the Ravens defense, and it now appears that might be former Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown.

The Ravens selected Brown in the second round of the draft on Friday night, trading with the Seahawks to move up six spots to get Brown at No. 56 overall. The Ravens gave up their second-round, a fifth-round pick, and a sixth-round pick in return.

Brown, a 6-0, 242-pound linebacker with strong physical tools and good lateral speed, is considered undersized by some scouts and has drawn comparisons to another linebacker who was viewed as somewhat undersized coming out of the draft – Lewis.

Brown, like Lewis, also played at the University of Miami, though Brown, a Wichita, Kansas, native, played just one season with the Hurricanes before transferring to
Kansas State, where he became a two-time team captain.

 “It’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence with (Ray Lewis),” Brown said in a conference call with Baltimore media shortly after being selected. “He’s truly had an impact on the game and so many people throughout the game.”

Brown, though, dismissed the notion that he is undersized for his position.

“I never considered myself to be a smaller linebacker,” he said. “I know to some it may matter, but you can never measure the heart of a man.”

Joe Hortiz,  the Ravens college scouting director, called Brown a “really instinctive player. He plays hard every snap. He finds his way to the ball. … He can really run. Has great lateral range. … He passed every test along the way.”

The Ravens noted that Brown became a team captain at Kansas State after transferring there.

“That speaks to the type of kid he is,” said Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said, who added that Brown was “definitely a consideration in the first round. There’s no doubt about that.”

DeCosta said the decision of whether Brown would come in and start right away in Lewis’ spot would be made by coach John Harbaugh. But Brown, who described himself as a "versatile" linebacker, is strong against the run and can move laterally well enough to excel in pass coverage.

“Coaches are going to play the best guys,” DeCosta said. “He’s going go have an opportunity to compete. We are going to have some pretty good linebackers – guys that have played a lot of football. But Arthur is a motivated guy. I think he’s a mature guy. He’s a very talented player, and he’s going to have a chance to compete to play.”

Brown, who held a private workout with the Ravens and met with Ravens staff at the Combine, said it is "an honor” to be joining the Super Bowl champions, and the fact that the Ravens traded up to get him wasn’t lost on him.

“I told (Coach) Harbaugh that I appreciate they showed that they believe in me as a player and as a person because that’s what I projected throughout my college career….
I’m definitely ready to be a big part of this team.”